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Majrooh Sultanpuri was a famous poet and film lyricist who died recently at the age of 78. One of the greatest poets in the Urdu language since the time of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Sultanpuri was especially famous for his romantic lyrics in dialogue form. Majrooh belonged to the phalanx of left-of-centre poets who emerged in the 1940s and 1950s: Sahir Ludhianvi, Kaifi Azmi, Shailendra, Janisar Akhtar and Ali Sardar Jafri. Recipient of Indian cinema's highest award, the Dadasaheb Phalke, Majrooh wrote the lyrics for around 350 films in a career spanning 50 years. He won immediate acclaim with his very first film Shahjehan for songs like 'jab usne keshu bikrahe' and 'gum diya mustakil'. Majrooh, who also wrote several books in Urdu, however, got fame among the masses through his film lyrics.